TARRANT, Derek James William
August 21, 1930 in Harrow Weald, UK. — December 22, 2017 in Lake Country, B.C.
On December 22, 2017 Derek Tarrant passed away after a valiant fight with Alzheimer’s disease. His loving family was by his side.
Predeceased by his parents, Amos Tarrant and Rubina (Christina) Carfrae of England, UK. and his brothers Peter and David Carfrae and best-mate, George Beaver.
Derek is survived by his loving wife and best friend forever, Rita Rosina Tarrant (nee Beaver); sons: Philip Tarrant and Derek Tarrant and daughters: Denise Tarrant, Terri Jones and Angela Bizzotto; grandkids: Elizabeth, Carman, Michelle, Christina, Olivia, Lucas, Marco, Nicolas, Dennis and Daniel and their partners and families.
In the early-mid 1950’s Derek served as a mechanic with the 15th 19th King’s Royal Hussars which was a cavalry regiment of the British Army. With the Royal Hussars, Derek travelled to Germany, Libya and South Korea. He met and married Rita when he returned to England.
After immigrating to Canada in 1957, Derek and Rita settled in Edmonton, Alberta and then later in 1967 moved to North Delta, B.C. Derek worked as a mechanic for Canadian National Railway road transport division and then later as a foreman for Surrey Fraser Docks. At retirement Derek and Rita relocated to Lake Country, B.C. where Derek volunteered for the Lake Country Citizen’s Watch.
Derek was passionate about hunting, sailing and dabbled in golf. Mostly, he loved spending time with his family. He enjoyed life, was a kind person who always lent a helping hand and loved a good laugh. He left this world a good man.
A sincere thank you to all of you at Lake Country Lodge who supported and cared for Derek in his later years. You demonstrated true care, compassion and empathy for Derek and his family all the steps of the way. Your kindness and support will not be forgotten.
In lieu of a service, a Celebration of Life will be held in the Summer of 2018 in Lake Country for family and friends.
For those so inclined, in lieu of flowers please donate to Alzheimer’s Canada www.alzheimer.ca/en/Home.
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The service for TARRANT, Derek James William is scheduled for Summer of 2018 in Lake Country . Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.